Monday, 14 October 2019

It's getting boring now

Still more rain, still no bricklayer.
Apart from that, it was a dramatic delivery afternoon.
I had three deliveries due, ten tons of sand, 400 blue bricks and lots of miscellaneous - cement, lime, wood, concrete bricks, paving slabs, etc.
We had it all planned out and the sand was due to go one side and everything else the other. It couldn't be swapped because of manhole covers that would be in the way.
Darren went off to pick up some essentials from town and I arrived at the site to find that the bricks had already arrived and the delivery driver had craned them over the fence and dropped them exactly in the sand pit.
Action stations. I raced around carrying five at a time and moving them out of the way. I had no idea how long it would take to move 400 quite heavy bricks, but it turns out that in an emergency it is just over half an hour.


Unfortunately I got soaked in the pouring rain, as I spread out the tarpaulin ready for the sand.


I then found out that the greenhouse was completely flooded again, so stomped around putting back the little stream to divert some of the water.



A few minutes later Daz arrived and then the sand truck.
It only took a couple of minutes and, hey presto, ten tons of sand exactly filled the space.


Just time for a quick sandwich and then all of the rest arrived. We covered it in another tarpaulin and then left as the rain really set in for the day.


Sunday, 29 September 2019

Still too much water

The heavy rain is back and so is the water in the greenhouse. I was expecting it this time and we have made a plan to reduce the problem, but we have to wait for a few dry days to put the plan into action.


My mini stream is working well though and is quite attractive as it skirts the greenhouse and heads towards the edge of the garden.
There is also another little flow that appears from under the pergola and follows the line of the future wildflower meadow.


I really like it and once the house is built I am going to try to recreate it with a channel and a pump.
I also got the chance to see where all of the water came from, and there are some quite dramatic puddles behind the plot.


Eventually there will be houses on this mud and then the flooding issues will disappear. I certainly hope so.
Fortunately there are no problems at all with the house foundations and the bricklayer says that it will only be another couple of weeks before he is ready to start.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Train trip to Birmingham

Today we had a day off and cycled to Bicester North train station for an outing to Birmingham.
The journey took just over an hour and we arrived at the quaint Victorian station called Moor Street.



Everything looked at least 100 years old and Daz took a photo of the notice in the men's toilets.


The view of the Bull Ring shopping centre next door was totally amazing.


We walked through it to our destination of the Birmingham Hippodrome where we watched the matinée performance of Gisele, the ballet.


Beautiful dancing, but with a very sad ending.
Then it was just a case of reversing our journey to get home.